CENTER VALLEY, Penn, December 11. THE annual Army-Navy rivalry took center stage last week with three of the four Patriot League weekly swimming & diving awards going to participants in the meet. Navy's Aubra Thomas (Pittsburgh, Pa./Keystone Oaks) and Kevin Teague (Lexington, Ky./Dunbar) were joined by Army's Chelsea Haviland (Thief River Falls,Minn./Lincoln) and American's Ethan Bassett (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) on the weekly swimming honor roll for the week ending Dec. 7.
Bassett takes home the Men's Swimmer of the Week award for the second time this season after a solid performance at the Princeton Invitational last weekend. The senior claimed top honors in the 400 individual medley with a time of 3:59.11, edging Princeton's Meir Hasbani by one second. Bassett also earned points for the Eagles with Top 10 finishes in the 200 breaststroke (3rd), 500 freestyle (6th) and 100 breaststroke (3rd). His times in the 500 free and 200 breast were both personal-bests. Other teams participating in the Princeton Invitational included Villanova, Rutgers, Boston College, Rider, Columbia, St. John's and Northeastern.
Thomas wins Women's Swimmer of the Week honors for the first time in her career after notching three individual victories in Navy's 163-137 decision over Army. The freshman opened the meet by winning the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:12.87, which was more than two seconds quicker than Army's Kristen Vahle. Thomas then took home the gold medal in the 200 breaststroke by nearly five seconds with a mark of 2:39.62. In the 200 individual medley, Thomas touched the wall with a time of 2:20.98, which was 1.5 seconds faster than the next closest competitor. Thomas was also a member of Navy's victorious 200 medley relay squad.
Teague is the Men's Diver of the Week for the third-straight week after sweeping the diving events in a 151-92 victory over Army Thursday. It is the eighth time this season that the freshman has won both diving medals. Teague gained 321.83 points in the one-meter event en route to a 28-point win. In the three-meter dive, he tallied 369.07 points, which was 43 markers more than Army's Doug Klein, who was the runner-up.
Haviland claims Women's Diver of the Week honors for the fifth-straight week and the 12th time in her career after winning both diving events in Army's 163-137 loss to archrival Navy Thursday. In the one-meter dive, the sophomore accumulated 278.17 points en route to a 46-point victory over teammate Sarah Get. Haviland also claimed the gold medal in the three-meter event with 285.82 markers, which was more than 60 better than Get.